Already a practice in certain countries around the world, printed skins are set to replace stickers and wax as an eco friendly food labelling alternative.
Small fruit stickers might seem inconsequential, but when you think about how many fruits and vegetables are labelled, you realise there’s quite a bit of waste on our hands (and they are so sticky that the customer can’t get them off).
This technology, created by a Spain-based company called Laser Food, opens a new way to brand produce that are normally shipped without fancy packaging. Rather than slapping on annoying stickers most people forget to peel off, the laser etching lets the branding become one with the skin – and consumers can eat right through the engravement.
The labels, which are etched onto fruit’s skin with lasers instead of stickers, will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue every year.